The Brandeis University women’s soccer team flew to Cleveland, Ohio for their first UAA match against Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). It was a competitive match, but the Judges came out on top with a three goal shutout. The Judges went into the game with a 7-1-1 record and the Spartans came in with a 4-5 record.
The highlight of the game was at the 31st minute of play when Junior Sasha Sunday crossed a ball through the box to find teammate Becca Buchman ’19 on the other side to redirect the ball to the back to the net. This was Buchman’s first career goal at Brandeis and Sunday’s 5th season assist.
The Judges went into the second half with a 1-0 lead, but still came out swinging to earn two insurance goals in the span of 67 seconds. In the 66th minute of play senior Samantha Schwartz ’18 got a one-on-one with the goalie on a breakaway from a cross by Sunday to earn the team’s second goal of the game. Schwartz led the team with five shots on goal and is the team-leader with six goals this season. Sunday earned her final assist of the game giving her six assists for this season. This also places her second in the conference for assists and fifth with 16 total points. She has now scored a point in all but one of Brandeis’ 10 games this season. In the 67th minute of play junior Emmy Thiem ’19 scored her second goal of the season with her long shot from 30 years out.
Brandeis outshot CWRU 20-6 dominating every half with 7-1 in the first and 13-5 in the second. The Judges also took the advantage in corner kicks by 7-2. Sophomore goalkeeper Sierra Dana ’20 made two saves to earn her third shutout this season. This game was the ninth game in the Judges winning streak.
On Tuesday Oct. 3, the Judges were on the road again to face Lesley, who is ranked #16. The Judges earned their 10th win in a row with a 3-0 victory over to improve their record to 9-1-1. The Judges scored all three of their goals in the first half and two of them within the first ten minutes of play on their first two shots of the game. Daria Bakhtiari ’21 scored her first collegiate goal when she converted a corner kick from Sunday.
At the six minutes mark Junior Sam Volpe assisted Senior Haliana Burhans to earn her fourth goal of the season. With just 10 seconds left in the first half, first-year Willa Molho scored her first goal of her career. The Judges maintained the lead throughout the second half without a shot in the final 45 minutes of play from the Lynx’s. Brandeis outshot Lesley 15-4 for the game.
It was the Judges’ second shutout game in a row. Sunday has now scored a point in four straight games and 10 of the team’s 11 contest this season. With a 9-0-1 in their last 10 games, this is the fourth year in a row the Judges have had a winning streak of 10 or more games. The longest winning streak in school history is 13-0-3 stringing that spanned the 2003-2004 seasons.
Next, the Judges face nationally ranked #10 Carnegie Mellon on Saturday for Homecoming at 1:30 p.m.